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Five-day wood recycling fire extinguished

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A fire at a recycling site in Wales has been extinguished after it burned for more than five days.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) was called to South Wales Wood Recycling at Bridgend in the early hours of Monday, 19 September.

SWFRS said it was a deep-seated fire of around 3,000 tonnes of woodchip in a stack that was 15m high, 20m wide and 100m long.

Now the company, through its ‘South Wales Wood Recycling needs support not negativity’ Facebook page, has said the fire has been extinguished. It said the fire “finally stopped” at 5pm on 24 September.

“Again a humongous thanks goes to the staff [at the company] and the SWFRS. Tremendous effort by all. Let the investigation commence!” it reads.

In a previous post, the company said: “The circumstances surrounding the ignition of the fire are deemed to be suspicious.”

The page was set up to combat negative news reports on local media, which the firm says “have really not helped with the current situation”.

It also asked followers to send any information they had about how the fire started. It posted pictures of a fence cut (below), saying the woodchip behind the hole was where the fire started.

SWFRS said on 23 September it was in the early stages of investigation into the cause.

South Wales Wood Recycling is a family-run business founded in 2006. In January, the fire service announced it had finished a two-month operation to extinguish a fire in 20,000 tonnes of waste wood at a company site at Newport Docks.

Swwr cut in fence

Swwr cut in fence

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